15 October 2003

VAI CLECIM Purchases 41 Additional EDS PLM Solutions Solid Edge® Licenses to Continue Evolution to 3D Mechanical Design

PLANO, Texas -- EDS PLM Solutions today announced a significant expansion of its Solid Edge® computer-aided design (CAD) software system at VAI CLECIM, a plant equipment producer for the iron industry, based in Saint-Chamond and Montbrison, France.

VAI CLECIM, originally acquired 21 licenses of Solid Edge after evaluating several CAD systems in 2002. The company's current acquisition extends its Solid Edge implementation to 62 licenses, with plans to reach 75 before the end of 2003. The company chose Solid Edge for its design performance, particularly in large assembly management and drafting production, its ease of use and its ergonomics that allowed VAI CLECIM to adopt the software very quickly. VAI CLECIM previously used a 2D system and decided to evolve to a 3D solution to improve its design productivity of special machinery and heavier equipment such as rolling mills and finishing lines.

"The production of complex assembly drawing is a real challenge. Solid Edge is very fast in this domain," said Christophe Furgerol, CAD Manager at VAI CLECIM. "We can produce more than 5,000 drawings for a project which can contain 50,000 parts. The productivity of the drawing generation in Solid Edge has a major, positive impact for our customers."

"The original migration to Solid Edge was achieved without problems, and the training period for the users had very little impact on daily work and the current projects," said Furgerol. "The training, as well as the use of methods adapted to our profession is the keystone of a good implementation of Solid Edge. The ease of the migration from 2D to 3D in Solid Edge allowed us to stay within initial budgets for our projects. This performance is very interesting and lets us expect a significant productivity gain in the near future."

The Solution

Solid Edge from EDS PLM Solutions is a powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and to reduce time to market, increase quality and lower cost. The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collabora tion. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge's superior core modeling and process workflows, has reduced Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and their related rework by 50 percent or more. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies and universities, including, Amana, Philips Broadcasting Systems, Pella Windows, Alcoa, NEC Engineering, Volvo and Yale University. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 185 integrated complementary, engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.


VAI is one of the world's leading engineering and plant-building companies for the iron and steel, and aluminum industries. With more than 3,300 specialists in the world, the company offers a large range of solutions and expert services in the metals industry. Learn more at www.vai.at.

About EDS PLM Solutions

EDS PLM Solutions is the market leader in product lifecycle management (PLM), pr oviding solutions to the global 1000. Product lifecycle management enables all the people who participate in a manufacturer's product lifecycle to work in concert to develop, deliver and support best-in-class products. As the only single-source provider of PLM software and services, EDS PLM Solutions can transform the product lifecycle process into true competitive advantage, delivering leadership improvements in product innovation, quality, time-to-market and end-customer value. Learn more at eds.com/plm.

About EDS

EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company, delivers superior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS' core portfolio comprises information-technology and business process outsourcing services, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS' two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the world's leading high-value management consultancies, and PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and product design software. With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the Fortune 500. The company's stock is traded on the New York (NYSE: EDS) and London stock exchanges.

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